It was a busy afternoon of Big Ten football action, with six games during the middle block. The results weren’t exactly what the Big Ten had hoped for, either, as it went 3-3 after opening the day 2-1 in the early games. Read my snap reactions to the afternoon games in this post.
Denard Robinson ran for 218 yards, threw for 208 and scored four times to help No. 19 Michigan hold off Air Force for a 31-25 win Saturday. Robinson became the first player in major college football since at least 1996 to have at least 200 yards rushing and 200 passing in three games, according to STATS LLC.
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Michigan picked up 81 yards in the ground game during the third quarter, and the Wolverines now lead 28-17. Michigan opened up the lead, 21-10, after marching down the field for a one-play, 58-yard drive that ended when Denard Robinson took a quarterback draw all the way for a 58-yard touchdown run.
Michigan’s aerial assault is on point, as the margin is still four, as the Wolverines lead 14-10 thanks to 108 passing yards in the quarter. Michigan made its lead 14-3 when Denard Robinson and Devin Funchess hooked up for a 30-yard touchdown on the last play of an eight-play, 88-yard drive. Robinson’s 29-yard pass to Funchess took the Wolverines from the 26 and across midfield to ignite the drive.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, No. 19 Michigan leads 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Wolverines rushed for 100 yards in the quarter. The Wolverines got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a two-play, 80-yard drive that ended in a score when Denard Robinson took a quarterback draw all the way for a 79-yard touchdown run.
It wasn’t a pretty start for Michigan’s Denard Robinson or Michigan State’s Andrew Maxwell in the first week of the 2012 college football season. Together, the two quarterbacks completed 33-of-64 passes (52 percent) for one touchdown and five interceptions. Robinson accounted for the lone touchdown and Maxwell completed a respectable 22 passes, however that was about it. Whose performance was more concerning, though? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate it in this post as they do each week in Back & Forth.
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